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MEF International School Izmir Bulletin

Weekly News - December 09, 2016


In This Issue

Primary News
Secondary News
From the Counselor

Coming Events


29 Performing Art Show 13:00 - 14:30
30 Primary Science Fair @ 14:10 for Years 1 to 6
30 R1 assembly @ 9:00 in the gym


01 Ed-Ex: Year 6
07 Year 13 Graduation @ 18:00
08 Year 6 Graduation @ 14:10
11 R2 Graduation @ 14:15
12 Talent Show @ 13:00 in the gym
12 Gymnastics Display @ 15:00 (CLUB)
13 Last Day of the Students & Final Report Cards @ 13:00

December Menu


Salad Bar





Photo Albums have been sent home with your child.

Dear Parents,

Excitement is high here at school! As I write this, we have parents wrapping presents for the PC tombola in the teachers’ room, secondary students rehearsing their drama and music performances in the garden, and primary students practicing their festive songs in one of the classrooms - all for tomorrow’s Winter Bazaar! It promises to be a great event and we hope to see many of you come and join in.

I would like to thank: Ms. Selin and Ms. Sara for their unrelenting efforts in the organisation of the day; Dagmar Falk, our PC President, for rallying all the parents and for all the extra effort she has given to make this event a success; the PC for their continued support and efforts; our Student Council for their ideas, efforts and energy; Ms. O. for all her hard work in helping our students get ready for their performances; Ms. Lynnette and Ms. Tracey for their enthusiasm, patience and willingness to work with our choir of years 1-4; and finally, you, our parents, for sending cookies and gifts for the tombola.

Obviously, there are many more people involved in the day and I thank each and everyone of them. This event would not be possible if it were not for the fantastic teamwork we have here. This event demonstrates just what a great community we are.

Looking forward to seeing you at our Winter Bazaar,

Ulfet Okbay

Primary News

It was a busy week this one!

Last Monday, December 5th, the Year 5 students performed their class assembly under Ms Katherine's direction.  They enjoyed sharing their knowledge learnt form their Science units this Trimester. They talked about parts of the eye and their functions and how we see things.  A highlight  for the audience was the shadow puppet plays they had designed in class when learning about shadows.  The assembly ended with them asking the students a few quiz questions about information shared.  

We also had two school trips this week. Ms Tracey took her Year 1 students to the local NATO Headquarters to observe different kinds of transportation as part of their Social Studies unit on Transport. They enjoyed observing different vehicles and understanding how and why they are used. Ms Asyin took her year 2 and 3 students to the Key Museum in Torbali, which the students loved: they came back really excited! As part of their Host Country Studies programme, they then went to the local Ora restaurant in Gaziemir where they had an opportunity to order food in Turkish.

I wish you all a pleasant weekend, and hope to see you at the Winter Bazaar tomorrow.

Sara Borgarelli

Deputy Principal (Primary)

Year 5 Assembly
Year 1 Ed-Ex

Secondary News

Hour of code

The hour of code is a global initiative aimed at promoting computer science to students. 
The initiative requires students to investigate coding and programming for one hour during the week of 5 - 9 December. This year over 100 million students from 170,000 schools worldwide participated in the hour of code. 

The activities teach students about algorithms, how to make an application and how computer applications work.

Our students in year 7 to 9 used their ICT lessons this week to investigate programming and algorithms.

Students who would like to investigate coding further at home can try the activities at the hour of code website.

Edria Murray

Deputy Principal (Secondary)

From the Counselor

Alcohol and Drugs workshop with Upper Secondary

This week the Upper Secondary students participated on an Alcohol and Drugs workshop for their PSHE program. The students were divided into four mixed groups to discuss and answer the following questions:

Brainstorm ideas as to why people would START using a drug.

Why do you think some people continue using a drug, even when they know it is causing problems in their life/health/relationships?

How much do you know about: Addiction? Tolerance? Withdrawal symptoms?

Is there a “risk group” for becoming addicted? Yes/no and why. Consider: age, gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, education, family history and values, etc.

What do you think makes a specific drug licit or illicit (legal or not)? What about licit but controlled substances (such as alcohol, tobacco, medication…)? What is the difference? 

What do you know about legal age (drinking/smoking)? What is it in your home country? And in Turkey?

Can alcohol be dangerous? When and how?

Describe possible physical, psychological and behavioral effects of alcohol (positive and negative).

Leaders of each group then presented their thoughts to the audience. I was impressed to hear how much our students know about alcohol and other drugs. It is very positive to see that our teenagers are well-informed and able to share their knowledge with their peers. After each short presentation, I shared additional information to ensure all students received the most important facts. Marco and Vera also took the opportunity to present their project on how Breathalyzers work, integrating their science studies into our PSHE session. 

If you have the chance, ask our Upper Secondary students about the Alcohol and Drugs assembly; I am sure they will welcome the opportunity to share and take these important discussions further!

Ms. Carolina  

School Counsellor


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